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Kale Recipe from bin on the lake Waterfront Restaurantphoto

We are continuing to explore the Study of Braising at bin on the lake Kirkland wine bar as part of an inspired culinary series. Highlighting the exploration of specific elements or cooking techniques, the 'Study of...' Feature has provided cooking tips, recipes, and wine pairings from the Culinary Collection of Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Kale, popular for its richness in fiber and iron, is low in calories and filled with powerful antioxidants. Try this Italian-inspired healthy kale recipe at home!

Braised Kale with Garlic & Chili
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Kale Recipe
Photo: Kale Recipe Highlighting Braising Technique


12 bunches - Lacinato kale
3 T - Garlic, chopped
1 t - Chili flakes 
2 T - Lemon juice
1 T - Oregano, chopped
1/3 c - Extra virgin olive oil   
Salt and pepper

Peel the leaves of the kale off of the stem. Reserve stem for vegetable broth. In a large nonreactive pot, bring a large quantity of water to a boil. Salt the water well. Boil the kale for 5 minutes and remove to an ice bath. Squeeze the kale dry and rough chop. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil and sauté garlic and chili until aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Sauté the kale until very soft, 10 minutes, adding water when the kale dries out. Add the lemon juice and oregano, and season well. Continue braising the kale until very soft, up to 20 minutes total. Season, drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve.
Yield 6

To experience this culinary exploration at our waterfront restaurant in Kirkland, Wa., view bin on the lake’s current menu and additional braising recipes.

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Incorporating Wellness into Meetings & Conferences for East Seattle Corporate Eventsphoto

The Woodmark Hotel offers a number of unique wellness programs and experiences at its waterfront hotel in Kirkland, Washington. Recently honored as one of the Best Hotels in the World by Travel+Leisure Magazine, the Woodmark features conference and meeting programs varying from athletic and fitness offerings to rejuvenating spa-focused programs. 

Enjoy these unique ideas for conferences and meetings near Bellevue

Rock the Dock
A special program available from May to September each year, corporate travelers can join their colleagues on spin bicycles right on the hotel’s dock off of Lake Washington, where a live DJ simultaneously spins some heart-pumping tunes.  Following the post adrenaline rush, participants are pumped up, energized and ready to take on their next conference or meeting challenge!

Wellness Meeting Ideas Seattle Area
Photo: Kirkland Fitness Classes at Carillon Point, Courtesy of Fly Fitness Studio

Silent Group Walks
With a number of beautiful walking trails surrounding our Kirkland hotel, offer a guided “Silent Walk” as one of many unique ideas for corporate meetings and group outings near Bellevue. Traci Bartee, owner of neighboring Fly Fitness Studio, is Woodmark’s community partner that can guide corporate colleagues or conference goers on a nature walk, where group members are asked to take in the moment and not speak. 

“It’s a very cool experience.  It can be awkward at first, because people’s first instinct is to fill the silence with dialogue, but pretty soon, they start to become introspective during the walks.  They’ll notice things along the trail that they wouldn’t have normally caught otherwise.  This is when their creativity jumps out and insights surface. Post walk, I often see some very in-depth conversations taking place.”  - Traci Bartee

Polar Plunge
The polar plunge is a unique idea for meetings near Seattle that highlights a local tradition in the Pacific Northwest. Conference goers and corporate meeting attendees can dive into the cold and refreshing waters of Lake Washington, and then retreat to sauna-heated towels as a token of reward for their bravery.  In a post-lake jump experience, participants can proceed to our Kirkland spa to have some relaxing and rejuvenating treatments such as reflexology-focused foot massages, massage therapy and spa services such as manicures and pedicures.

Spa & Cocktail Movie Night
Meeting planners can reserve our state-of-the-art Kirkland spa in an afterhours package and can customize a number of programs such as nail services and pedicures in the Woodmark’s Pedicure Bar, where a built-in-projector features a special presentation or movie, complete with cocktails and snacks for delighted guests.

Unique Meetings near Seattle
Photo: Unique meetings featuring Pedi-Bar and Projector Screen

When incorporating wellness into meetings, consider your objective first – is it to rejuvenate individual guests or foster team-building?  Our East Seattle conference venues provide several options that support success at your next meeting or event, no matter what objective your company or group is striving to achieve.

For more information on waterfront meeting and event venues at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington, call 425.827.1986 or visit our Kirkland meeting venue online.

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Romance Ideas: Valentine’s Activities near Kirkland, Washington 2014photo

This February, celebrate Valentine’s Day in Kirkland with romantic ideas and activities to spend quality time with your sweetie. As a romantic destination in itself, the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington is the perfect romantic weekend getaway for both out-of-town guests and locals.

Nestled on the pristine shores of Carillon Point, find Valentine’s hotel packages and romantic dining that highlights Seattle’s sparkling skyline and beautiful water views. With so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2014, Woodmark's Guest Services team is here to provide romantic ideas that will impress your special someone.

Couples Spa Treatments at Northwest Face Spa
The Northwest Face Spa specializes in rejuvenating spa treatments that renew the mind, body and soul. Find the ultimate couples spa packages in Kirkland and book a romantic spa escape to celebrate the month of love! For a unique Valentine’s experience, try the Couples Chocolate Treatment that includes delicious chocolate mask, body treatments and chocolate pedicures. For a classic couple’s spa treatment, indulge with the Couples Hot Stone Indulgence package, perfect for stress relief and pure relaxation. With several Valentine’s Spa packages, experience a spa retreat that you both deserve.

Valentine's Spa Packages Kirkland
Photo: Couple's Spa Packages in Kirkland, Washington

Valentine’s Flower Arrangements by Fena Flowers
As a proud partner of our Kirkland boutique hotel, express your love this Valentine’s Day with flower arrangements by Fena Flowers. From modern bouquets to romantic roses, select affordable flowers for Valentine’s Day that can be delivered locally in Kirkland, Washington or nationwide.

Waterfront Valentine’s Dining at bin on the lake
One of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with a romantic dinner.  Find the perfect combination of romantic ambiance and an inspired prix fixe menu that highlights fresh, local cuisine at the Woodmark’s very own bin on the lake restaurant. With stunning views of Lake Washington from every table, our waterfront restaurant will provide a memorable experience worth celebrating.

Valentine's Dining in Bellevue
Photo: Waterfront Valentine's Dining on Seattle's Eastside

Friday, February 14th, 2014
$65 per person  
Valentine's Prix Fixe Menu (PDF Download) 

For an additional dining option, the Beach Café is featuring Valentine’s dining specials in Kirkland, Washington. With decadent dessert specials and creative cocktails, couples can toast in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere while enjoying this romantic holiday.

Argosy Cruises Valentine’s Dinner Cruise
For a romantic evening for two, come aboard the Royal Argosy. Starting at $115 per person, this three-hour sailing of Elliott Bay will feature a champagne greeting, live band and special 5-course seated dinner by award-winning Executive Chef Christine Keff. Learn more about the Valentine’s dinner cruise by visiting

Valentine’s Day Art Walk in Kirkland
Kirkland’s 2nd Friday Art Walk falls perfectly on Valentine’s Day this February! Spending the day perusing nearly 15 Kirkland galleries is the perfect Valentine’s activity in Kirkland before heading out for a romantic dinner.

Valentine’s Chocolate Workshop at Sur La Table in Kirkland
For a unique and romantic Valentine’s idea, delight your honey with a variety of decadent chocolate treats at Sur La Table’s Valentine’s Chocolate Workshop, February 14th from 2pm-4pm. Starting at $69 per person, learn about creating delicious desserts like cocoa-dusted dark chocolate truffles and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Valentine's Ideas in Kirkland, Cooking Class
Photo: Valentine's Cooking Classes in Kirkland, Washington

Whether it is a simple lakeside stroll or an extravagant weekend getaway, we hope you and your loved one find the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Seattle.

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Eastside Wedding Venue Wins Best Place for a Waterfront Wedding in Seattlephoto

The Woodmark Hotel is named the Best Place for a Waterfront Wedding by Seattle Bride Magazine’s ‘Best Of’ Awards for the second year in a row. Waterfront WeddingVenue Seattle
Known as a stunning location for a lake wedding in the Pacific Northwest, the Woodmark is the perfect venue for waterfront weddings in Seattle no matter what the season. As a favorite wedding venue of Seattle brides, the Woodmark is honored to attend the Seattle Wedding Show on January 11th & 12th, 2014.

Our Kirkland boutique hotel offers a variety of reception and event venues to accommodate up to 200 guests.

The Woodmark’s signature Olympic Terrace showcases the Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountains, creating a stunning backdrop for lake weddings and events. With optional heaters and transparent wall panels, this elegant canopied tent offers the necessary comforts for entertaining outdoors in the Northwest at any time of the year.

Waterfront Weddings Seattle
Photo: Waterfront Wedding, Olympic Terrace

waterfront reception venues
Photo: Olympic Terrace, Waterfront Reception Venue

The Marina and Bayshore event venues are ideal for receptions but can also be used for intimate lake weddings. Surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens of Carillon Point and picturesque views of the marina, these spaces can also be transformed to accommodate smaller outdoor ceremonies. Located across the plaza from the hotel, Marina and Bayshore rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Washington. Expand your celebration to include the outdoor patios during summer weddings.

Seattle Waterfront Event Venues
Photo: Marina & Bayshore Patios, Lake Weddings near Seattle

waterfront receptions in Kirkland
Photo: Bayshore Patio, Waterfront Receptions

The Lake Washington Ballroom and Great Room, located just steps from the Olympic Terrace, provide ideal indoor space that can be transformed into separate venues depending on the size of the wedding. With an intimate lounge setting in the Great Room and more than enough space for dance floor in the ballroom, either of these rooms are a perfect locations for any size reception.

Weddings at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington combine unique culinary offerings, a host of on-site amenities and inspired personalized service to welcome each and every guest.

To get started planning your Seattle waterfront wedding at the Woodmark, contact a wedding experts at or meet us in person at the Seattle Wedding Show!

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